The trial of Randall Hofland, the man accused of holding students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than 2 years continued Friday.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop the night of October 23rd, 2008, then fled the scene, causing an 8-day manhunt before holding students hostage.Thursday was the prosecution’s turn.
Governor Paul LePage was already hearing it from critics for deciding not to attend Martin Luther King celebrations on Sunday and Monday.That was before Friday morning, when he fired off a few choice words for his critics.LePage is no stranger to speaking his mind, that’s what some voters found appealing about him.
Maine lawmakers have been on a bus tour learning what makes the state’s economy tick.Friday, the tour stopped at the University of Maine in Orono.The three-day event took the legislators to Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport, an Eastport Tidal Power facility and other points of interest.Both lawmakers and presenters say the tour was beneficial.” Even though you may have been on the tour once before, you haven’t seen it all and so they really give you a broad experience of what the Maine economy looks like on the ground at a personal level in the local areas,” said Representative Bob Duchesne.Hemant Pendse, Director of Forest BioProducts Research Inst.
You can visit a downtown Bangor museum for free thanks to a local bank.For the fourth year in a row the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is opening its doors to the public for no cost, through a donation from Machias Savings Bank.The donation honors the late Ted Leonard, a friend of the bank and a champion of the arts.George Kinghor, director and curator of the museum says he hopes lots of folks take advantage of all the facility has to offer.
The former Bumble Bee cannery in Prospect Harbor was supposed to officially have a new owner today, but contract details are not completely finalized on that deal.Antonio Bussone of Live Lobster Company says while financing is secure to purchase the plant, a few details in the contract are not clarified.Bussone says he’s hopeful for a new closing date by the middle of next week.Bumble Bee closed its doors in April, putting 130 people out of work.
A 35-year old Rockland man has been indicted by a Knox County Grand Jury on murder charges in connection with the killing of a Friendship woman in November.According to court documents, Arnold Diana told police he met 47-year old Katrina Windred at his Main Street apartment in Rockland.When they got into the apartment, he grabbed her and she fell to the floor.Court papers say Diana then took Windred to his bed and put her face down in a pillow.Diana says later that night, he wrapped Windred’s body in a blanket, dragged her to a truck and dumped her along the Thompson Meadow Road.During a court appearance in November, a judge ordered Diana to undergo a mental exam.
A Jackman, Maine, kindergarten teacher facing child pornography charges was investigated in New Hampshire 13 years ago for taking photos of students undressing.But Rob Mocarsky was not charged after the New Hampshire investigation while he was an elementary school teacher in Grantham.He left Grantham in 1998.
FairPoint Communications has gotten a federal bankruptcy court judge to agree with its reorganization plan three weeks after getting the okay from regulators in Vermont.The company says this gives them the green light to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the month.The Charlotte, North Carolina based company ran into problems when it bought the landline telephone networks from Verizon in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont in early 2008.
Electricity rates are going down for customers of Maine Public Service Company.The Public Utilities Commission says the new rates take effect on March first.It’s a reduction of 15% for residential and small commercial customers, and a 21% decrease for medium commercial users.
Snowcon is rolling into town this weekend, giving a different slant to family game night.Snowcon is the state’s premier gaming event.Game enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to show up at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.Rooms at the hotel are already sold out.Event Coordinator Gibran Graham says the event is for everyone, not just game enthusiasts.Folks of all ages are encouraged to take part.Graham hopes it will bring people together and enhance their imaginations.”I think a lot of people misconstrue what a gamer is, there’s sort of an image in people’s minds that it’s only someone that plays Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering but it’s not true, gaming comes in all different shapes and sizes,” he said.There will be a snowcon kick off party tomorrow at the black bear pub in Orono.The gaming begins in earnest Saturday and Sunday.Tickets are 40 dollars.For more information, visit the website, snowcon.com.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has a message for you this winter, it’s “Don’t Become a Statistic.”The agency partnered with Brookfield Renewable Power to create a public service announcement urging Mainers to be safe on the state’s waterways.”People who have not heeded warnings, or obvious conditions, went into trouble and it is unfortunate,” said Brian Stetson, Brookfield New England Regional General Manager.Last year, more than 100 accidents were reported during the snowmobile season.
I-95 Southbound in Fairfield near mile marker 133 is down to one lane right now.Authorities say a truck hauling a trailer spun out on ice.They say a tractor trailer came upon the accident, missed the truck, but went off the side of the road.Then another tractor trailer actually hit the truck with the trailer.Two people were taken to the hospital for minor bumps and bruises.Authorities say they’re not going to pull the tractor trailers out tonight because of icy conditions.But they expect to re-open both lanes later tonight.
Wednesday’s snowstorm meant a day off in the trial of a man accused of taking students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School.The trial of Randall Hofland resumed Thursday in Belfast.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop, then left the scene, causing an 8-day manhunt before holding students hostage.Thursday the state questioned Chief Richard LeHaye of the Searsport Police Department.LeHaye testified that all the officers on scene the night of the routine traffic stop asked Hofland to surrender.Officer Darrin Moody also took the stand Thursday.He testified that he was on the eastbound detail of the traffic stop on Route 1 in Searsport that evening.Moody said he saw headlights approaching but it wasn’t near his area of the detail so he ignored it until he heard officer Jessica Danielson yelling.He said he wasn’t sure what she was yelling until he was about half way to where she was, then he realized she was yelling “he’s got a gun.”A 911 call made by Hofland on that evening was played Thursday in court.In the call he is heard saying the officers need to leave his property and says they are just looking for trouble.The dispatcher asks him if he has a firearm, to which he responds he is just acting in self defense.Hofland also tells the dispatcher the officers can leave or it will be war.Hofland said he could not cross examine Thursday because his pen ran out of ink at the end of the day on Tuesday and says he was just given a new one this morning.Because of this he says he missed out on twelve to fourteen hours of prep time.Hofland will cross-examine the witnesses Friday.
Maine-based Jackson Laboratory and the University of South Florida continue with plans for a new research Center.Last week, Jackson Lab said it will work with Florida’s new governor to move the project forward but withdrew its application for 50-million dollars in state funds to build a facility in Collier County, Florida.The lab and USF are now talking with officials in Hillsborough and Sarasota Counties as well as Collier County.Jackson Lab and the school have been hoping to get up to 200-million dollars from the state and a county to build a 145-thousand square foot research center.
Waterville fire officials are looking for the cause of an afternoon fire at an apartment building.Fire Chief David Lafontaine says it was called in by a neighbor who noticed smoke coming from under a door in the building on Hathaway street.When fire crews arrived, they found a fire in an apartment that was being kept under control by the sprinkler system.Firefighters quickly put the rest of it out.